There was a report on a fire at OMV AG, central Europe's biggest energy company, at a crude-oil distillery at its Schwechat refinery and now Bloomberg cites, it will remain closed. This was the second blaze in four months to halt production. Yesterday OMV spokesman, Thomas Huemer said in Vienna that it was a question of a short period of time. The last time OMV had a fire, the refinery was re-opened in about a week. The company has enough oil in storage to fill all contracts. The July 13 fire shut down distillery No. 4, which refines about 9 million tons of oil a year. A fire at the same location on March 28 caused as much as € 30 million ($38 million) of damage and lost production, the Vienna-based company said in its first-quarter report. A leak at the distillery was responsible for the first blaze. OMV's Schwechat refinery is about 5 kilometers (3 miles) east of Vienna and has a capacity of 200,000 barrels a day. (Bloomberg)
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